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- Al-Azhar University is founded in Cairo, Egypt. It is the 2nd oldest university in the world.
- Vladimir I, Prince of Kiev marries Anna, sister of Byzantine emperor Basil II and converts to Christianity. Baptism of Kievan Rus'.
- Abbo becomes abbot at Fleury
- Baile Átha Cliath (Dublin, Ireland) was founded.
- Liao Dynasty adopts civil service examinations in the Southern Chancellery based on Tang Dynasty models.